The Egyptian League

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 30

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     In this chapter we continue with the 3rd of the 6 woes.

     Isaiah 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

     Rebellious means stubborn or backsliding. Backsliding means that you’re going in the opposite direction from our Father. Rather than drawing closer to Him you’re going off in different directions.

     That cover with a covering should take your mind back to Ezekiel 13:30, where Father is talking about the women sewing pillows or kerchiefs to cover His outstretched, saving, guiding hands.

     Ref:  Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV

     The women sewed pillows to place over the outstretched, saving arms of our Father, literally and figuratively. They rejected our Father and sought their own way to heaven. A way that is known as the fly-away doctrine.

     In 1929 Albert Brumley wrote a hymn titled I’ll fly away as he was picking cotton on his father’s farm in Oklahoma one day. It was based on another ballad about flying over some prison walls and he adopted that ballad into I’ll fly away.

     On the rapture theory, a woman named Margaret MacDonald, sickly and mentally challenged, started this theory. There happened to be some men from the brotherhood present and they took it and spun it at revivals. This happened in 1830.

     So, two of the major doctrines or theories of established and organized religion began with a fella picking cotton in Oklahoma and a whacko in Ireland. Neither of these doctrines or theories came from the Word of our Father.

     Satan will use whomsoever he chooses or agrees to work with him, even as innocent as it may seem at the beginning.

     But here in verse 1, the Israelites, instead of going to the Father for council, sent ambassadors to Egypt, to illicit their help. That’s why this book is subtitled The Egyptian League, they want to fall into a league, or an association with Egypt, for protection.

     People do that today. They walk around looking for direction and they never look into or read this Book that our Father sent to us. Heck, our Father even included crop rotation in a previous chapter. He tells us, through this Book, how we should do most everything.

     But instead of asking council of our Father they go to another human being that is as spiritually fallible as they are. Many run to their pastor but he’s a human being as well. He’s supposed to be well versed and able to give council but many times you just end up wasting YOUR time.

     Add sin to sin. Ignoring our Father and doing things their way prompted one sin right after another. Just like telling a lie. Once you tell the first one it takes another to back that one up and then another one to back that one up and on and on it goes.

     Ever been that way? Seems like you know that what you’re doing is wrong but you can’t stop it. It snowballs down the slope as if under control by someone other than yourself. There’s no way to stop it. Other people have become involved and it grows like a cancer.

     Guess who might be partially responsible. Satan, of course.

     Isaiah 30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!

     They are willing to go down to Egypt and seek Pharaoh’s help instead of remaining right where they are and asking our Father.

     Shadow of Egypt is an allegory that compares a shadow protecting you from the heat of the sun to one of protection by Egypt. Father says that they ask for advice but not from Him.

     Isaiah 30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

     Put in today’s language it should read:

     “You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for going to Egypt and not Me. I can help you, Egypt can’t.”

     At the time, because of internal conflicts, Egypt could ill-afford to give protection to anyone. And even if they were able, man is always going to let you down. If you place your trust in another human being, you will always be disappointed.

     Disappointment will soon bring on confusion as to what to do next and now you have just become a player in Satan’s game. He loves confusion and babel. It keeps you from making that ultimate choice: are you going to follow our Father or are you going to follow Satan.

     The ONLY reason that we’re in flesh and blood bodies today.

     Read this Letter that He gave us if you want guidance and advice. He will never disappoint you. And sometimes, when you pray, a result is not immediate and we all know that in this present world, immediate results are expected and almost mandatory.

     And when there is no immediate answer from Him they go off to find other solutions, through other human beings.

     I need to interject a couple of things here before we go on:

     Number one: when was the last time that you prayed to the Father? A week; a month; five years? People always turn to Him in hard times or bad situations:

     “God, if you’ll just get me out of this mess, just this once, I promise that I’ll change my ways from now on.”

     Oh yeah. That will last about a week at most and then you’re right back to doing things the way that you used to. Sure, He loves you but why should He help you when you only come to Him when you want something? When you’re jammed up tighter than Dick's hatband?

     Seems to me that I have a child or two myself that seem to do just that. Never hear from them until they have a problem:

     “Hey Dad,……..”

     Dad, in this case, happens to be your heavenly Father.

     Number two: even if you’re in good standing with Him it seems that, at least from my experience any way, that you probably won’t see a result of prayer for about 30 days or thereabouts. I don’t know why but that seems to be how it runs.

     Number three: a month in the Bible is 30 days. Not 28; not 29; not 31, but 30 so if you’re reading a verse that has time configured into it somehow, figure 30 days per Biblical month.

     Isaiah 30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.

     His princes. Whose princes? Pharaoh’s princes. Why was Zoan mentioned? In the days of Moses, it was the capitol or court of Pharaoh and the place where he performed the miracles of turning a staff into a serpent, water into blood and so on but it wasn’t Moses the power to do that, it was of the Father:

     Ref:  Psalms 78:12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. KJV

     Ref:  Psalms 78:43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: KJV

     Verse 5.

     Isaiah 30:5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.

     They chase down a people that cannot help them one iota and do you know what they brought with them?

     Isaiah 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

     All kinds of money, jewels, gold and heaven knows what else. Mules loaded down with the riches of this world, Satan’s world. Just throwing their money away and not getting anything in return. And all they had to do was to trust in the Lord.

     Kind of like tithing to a church from whom you not only DO NOT receive spiritual food for your mind, body and soul, because of their soul-destroying theories and doctrines, and perpetuated down through the centuries by traditional teachings, you’re also going against our Father by tithing to a beth-aven, a church of nothing.

     Ref:  Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?......KJV

     Spiritual bread. Tithing to a church without receiving the true Word of our Father. St. John also warned us about this practice:

     Ref:  2nd John 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

     Ref:  2nd John 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. KJV

     If you even say keep up the good work to them, you take on ALL THEIR SINS as well. That’s what partaker of his evil deeds means.

     You have to be very, very careful concerning the condition of your soul. Even something as simple as saying keep up the good work can be devastating to your eternal life.

     STOP PLAYING CHURCH. STOP LETTING SOMEONE ELSE DICTATE THE CONDITION OF YOUR OWN SOUL.

     On the other hand, tithing to a spirit-led church, as Smyrna and Philadelphia were, lets you accumulate all the blessings that they receive from the Father, giving you double and triple rewards on Judgment Day. 

     Why did I mention Smyrna and Philadelphia? Because, of the seven churches that our Lord was comparing in Revelation, one to the other, these were the only two that were teaching concerning who the Kenites were.

     But here in verse 6, they’re trying to buy protection from Egypt and it’s not gonna work. You cannot buy friends. The president and the politicians that run this great country of ours have always tried to buy friends, the allegiance of other countries, partnerships they’re called today, and all they do is laugh at us and take our money.

     And the only country in the Middle East, who truly is our friend, is Israel and the president spits on them and makes their ambassadors come into the White House through the servant’s entrance. Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was made to enter in that fashion.

     An attempt to humiliate the Prime Minister because Obama is a Muslim and Muslims have no love of  the Jews.

     Into the land of trouble and anguish. The desert between Palestine and Egypt has no water and is crawling with dangerous animals:

     Ref:  Deuteronomy 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; KJV

     Moses was angry one day with the people and all their problems and he struck the rock twice, probably making it appear as if Moses and Aaron were the ones who caused this particular rock to bring forth water and did not talk to it as our Father had commanded them to do and this displeased our Father.

     By doing so, Moses and Aaron, maybe inadvertently, caused the people to think that THEY had the power to make water come out of the flinty rock and for this transgression Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land:

     Ref:  Numbers 20:7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

     Ref:  Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

     Ref:  Numbers 20:9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

     Ref:  Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

     Ref:  Numbers 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

     Ref:  Numbers 20:12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them. KJV

     Don’t pass over verse 11, think about it for a moment. The people were over 2 million strong and heaven knows how many animals they had with them and out of that one rock enough water flowed to satisfy the thirst of every man, woman, child and beast. Amazing.

     Did you also know that during that 40 years their sandals and clothes never wore out?

     Ref:  Deuteronomy 8:4 Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. KJV

     Ref:  Deuteronomy 29:5  And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. KJV

     Fiery flying serpents are tree-dwelling snakes that we first read about in chapter 14 of this book. They are said to be harmless and the reference to flying comes from their jumping and darting from the tree onto their prey below..

     Fiery probably from the inflammation and redness caused from their bite.

     Isaiah 30:7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.

     Don’t go to Egypt; just sit there, talk and pray to Him, and He will take care of you and give you that protection that you so desperately desire.

     Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

     Write it down for the people that will be here in the latter days, let them see the truth of it all by having it come to pass before them.

     Isaiah 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

     The law of the Lord is this book, the Holy Bible. Some people will counter by telling you that the law has been done away with when Christ died on the cross. I have seen some preachers with only the New Testament in front of them when they give a sermon on Sunday morning.

     Ignorance. Do they really think that the laws of the Old Testament have been done away with? What about the Ten Commandments, they’re in the Old Testament?

     They can be found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:4-21.

     What about when our Father used the word everlasting?

     Laws, statutes and ordinances are the three main divisions of our Father’s law and when Christ died on the cross the only thing that was taken away forever were blood ordinances. No longer were blood sacrifices required of man.

     And further, Christ stated that He didn’t come here to destroy the law but to fulfill the law. Listen to Christ’s words:

     Ref:  Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. KJV

     A tittle is a small accent line above a Hebrew letter that, if omitted, might change the meaning of the law and Christ said that He wasn’t even going to change something as small as that. Everything will remain except blood sacrifices because when He died His blood fulfilled that need for one and all time.

     Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

     Social and political correctness. Can’t offend anyone by telling them that they have a personal responsibility to live according to the laws of our Father.

     Prophesy deceits. The people are telling the prophets to LIE to them. Don’t get them all bent out of shape by telling the truth! If they know the truth they might be held accountable for their actions throughout their lives and they don’t want that. They want to live according to their own concept of the law because it makes them happier.

     Well, they can lie to themselves all they want during their life, in these temporal bodies, but they will pay the full price on Judgment Day for ignoring the law.

     What about the people of today?

     “Preacher, tell us about the rapture theory, tell us that we won’t have to go through the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. Tell us we don’t have to study the Word of God because it’s so boring and I have a party to attend this evening and I don’t want to be depressed and unhappy all night long. Tell us that you have our backsides.”

     Oh, he’ll be more than happy to tell you that your ass won’t be frying like a slab of beef on a hot piece of iron. (Covered with Teflon, of course, so you don’t stick to it.) He’s Satan’s boy, it’s his job to tell you that.

     Social and political correctness. Lie to us and make us happy.

     Isaiah 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

     That's putting it where the rubber meets the road, isn't it?

     “Get away from us; tell God to mind His own business.”

     If they’re rejecting the path laid out for us by the Father, what other path is there to take? Satan’s path and boy is he happy about that. People have done the work for him. They’ve decided, on their own, to NOT follow the Holy One of Israel and ‘ole slew foot didn’t have to lift a finger to accomplish that.

     It’s a lot more fun to follow Satan and the ways of the world than to sit down, read a boring book, most of which they don’t understand anyway, and party down, bro.

     NOW, let’s see what our Father has to say about all this.

     Isaiah 30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

     Oppression-- OT:6233 `osheq (o'-shek); from OT:6231; injury, fraud, (subjectively) distress, (concretely) unjust gain:

     Perverseness—OT:3868  luwz (looz); a primitive root; to turn aside [compare OT:3867, OT:3874 and OT:3885], i.e. (literally) to depart, (figuratively) be perverse:

     Because this is what you want, this is what you prefer. You trust in fraud and you turn away from Me. And because you do this…

     Isaiah 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

     Breach--OT:6556 perets (peh'-rets); from OT:6555; a break (literally or figuratively):

     As though pounding on a spot on the wall of defense over and over again until the wall begins to pooch out in that spot, like a bubble, and then suddenly it blows out with a final strike against it.

     Our Father is playing with us here just a little…what is your wall? Our Father is supposed to be your wall and He is assuring you that, if you have a wall that is different than Him, to stand behind, He’s going to pound holes in it.

     You can go off and ignore Him and His commandments but it won’t matter. As in an earlier verse where He said that He will build a ramp and come OVER your wall, here He’s saying that He’ll BLOW THROUGH your wall.

     He’s certainly not going to go AROUND your wall but He still could GO UNDER that wall that you’ve built if He so chooses.

     But He is going to show you that He’s in control and, buck His system as much as you want, you’re going to do it His way or you can wave goodbye to eternity. And stand in line with Satan and the others.

     You get possessive about the worldly things that you accumulate, why can’t you do the same with the spiritual things? You want to accumulate worldly toys and electronics and such, why don’t you feel the same way with your spiritual rewards.

     Father had built a spiritual wall around Job because he trusted and believed in Him so strongly and when Satan asked our Father to remove that wall, for just a short time, and let him have a go at Job, Satan said he will have Job cursing our Father in short order.

     It got so bad with Job that even his wife told him to just curse God and get it over with. But he didn’t, he stood tall and resolute. And Father restored the things that he had lost a thousand times over when the dust settled.

     Isaiah 30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

     He’s going to shatter it into pieces so small that you won’t have a piece big enough to take a hot coal from the hearth to start another fire or big enough to carry a sip of water.

     Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

     However, our Father goes on to say, if you decide to do things His way he will give you rest and you will be saved:

     Saved--OT:3467 yasha` (yaw-shah'); a primitive root; properly, to be open, wide or free, i.e. (by implication) to be safe; causatively, to free or succor:

     You will be free and safe. He will be your strength.

     I understand why people build their own walls of protection because they don’t know any different. They know that they need the protection but they haven’t read or been taught as to how to find it. And that falls right back in the lap of preachers.

     I like to surf through the channels and see what the glitter boys are up to, once in a while, and they never change. Money, money, money. But you kind of expect that from a TV preacher. They beg for money, that’s their job.

     But what about the preacher that is supposed to provide you with spiritual food when you go to a local church in your neighborhood?

     Maybe he’s a nice guy, I don’t know. Maybe he cares about orphaned children and lost puppies, I don’t know. Then why doesn’t he care about the condition of your soul? That’s why you go to him, isn’t it? You can’t seem to get any spiritual nourishment but they never forget to pass around the basket or ask for love offerings, do they?

     They will pay soon enough but in the meantime, get your pew-flattened butt out of there and find someone that will help you open the Word of God to get a better understanding of it and then live by it.

     No, I’m not even going to say it. If it hasn’t dawned on you by now maybe it never will.

     Isaiah 30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

     And the people answer by saying NO. Still they reject Him. They’re gonna go out and find a really fast horse and find their own protection/salvation.

     Therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. Satan is going to find a faster horse than yours and he’s going to catch up with you. What’s that old joke….I don’t have to be faster than the bear, I just have to be faster than YOU.

     Satan never gets full. His snares are many and the bag that he puts our Father‘s souls in is huge. It can hold a lot. It can never get filled up.

     Isaiah 30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.

     One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one. Our Father’s power is awesome. That beacon up on a hill is like a lone tree after an Oklahoma tornado has come through. All the leaves and most of the bark is gone. You’re left with nothing. Don’t follow our Father and this could happen to you.

     Don’t be up there as a beacon of nothing; be a light of Christ, shining out for all to see.

     Isaiah 30:18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

     While you’re out there busting up your knuckles and forehead and acting stupid, our Father will sit and wait patiently, hopefully, for you to finally see what you’re doing to yourself and the spiritual danger that you’ve put yourself in because you cannot do it alone.

     And if and when you come back to Him, He will welcome you with open arms, full of love and tenderness.

      Gracious-- OT:2603 chanan (khaw-nan'); a primitive root [compare OT:2583]; properly, to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior; to favor, bestow; causatively to implore (i.e. move to favor by petition):

     Blessed are all they that wait for him. Don’t overlook those words. That’s a condition. When you come back to Him, talk to Him, pray to Him and wait for His response. Don’t go back out and begin, again, trying to do things on your own. Doing it this way will bring blessings and comfort.

     Isaiah 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.

          Now, instead of being that leafless old tree up on that hill that we talked about a short while ago, listen to Jeremiah tell us how we can be when we come under His protection and love and grace:

     Ref:  Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

     Hope is a bad translation. It should be refuge: and whose refuge the Lord is.

     ✡  Hope-- OT:4009 mibtach (mib-tawkh'); from OT:982; properly, a refuge, i.e. (objective) security, or (subjective) assurance:

     Ref:  Jeremiah 17:8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     Symbolically, we are that tree and the water is the love of our Lord and He takes care of us during the drought and through Him we should always be yielding fruit.

     “Well, how do we do that?”

     For one thing, you don’t stand on the corner of Peachtree Street and 10th Avenue, with a bible in your hand, telling all within the sound of your voice, that the end is near. They’ll pick you up and take you away if you do.

     You yield fruit through love and kindness to others; letting them see the goodness of the Lord by how you live your life.

     Who is the Living Waters? Christ, of course.

     Ref:  Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? KJV

     As the Shadow used to tell us on the radio years ago:

     “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.”

     If you don’t know who the Shadow is just ask grandpa or grandma.

     Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

     Give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction. That may sound a little strange to you. Why would the Lord GIVE us adversity and affliction? Because our lives are not to be free of trials and everyday problems, regardless of how much we love and follow Him.

     We are still here to be tested and when He gives us those things, when He allows those things to come into our lives, it should bring us closer to Him because through Him we have the strength to get beyond them.

     Our teachers don’t have to hide themselves from persecution any more, especially in this great country where our Constitution guarantees our religious rights.

     Back in the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Christians were persecuted almost on a daily basis by the Romans. And if you happened to be talking to a stranger at that time and you wanted to know if that person was a Christian, you would take a stick and draw the upper arc of the ichthys symbol.

       And if the stranger understood what you had just drawn, he would draw the bottom arc in the sand, thus assuring  that both of them could talk about the Lord and the Scriptures without fear of being arrested.

     If the stranger did not respond with his arc you simply used your foot to erase the upper arc from the sand, that you had drawn, and no one was arrested or accused by the Romans and you went on your way. Pretty clever, wasn’t it?

 

 

     Thine eyes shall see thy teachers. On a deeper level, a person should have developed enough spiritual discernment to know the difference between a good teacher and a bad one, although the number of people attending the religious services of some of these prosperity preachers, belies that fact.

     One of the most notable of these prosperity preachers has a weekly attendance of over 45,500 people. I’ve listened and watched him several times and in my humble opinion, he is a charlatan with the typical hair and glistening teeth. Stereotype? You decide.

     Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

     This is your conscience speaking to you, hopefully guided by the Holy Spirit:

      Ref:   John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. KJV

     This is one of the ways that our Father talks to you. You listen for that little voice in the back of your mind and, hopefully, pay attention to it. If you allow it, it will lead you and guide you through this life and reduce the number of hardships that you may have to endure. This also plays into spiritual discernment.

     We also have a personal angel that watches over us daily and although he does not do the same work as the Holy Spirit, he can grab our Father’s attention immediately if we are putting ourselves in a dangerous or dire situation:

     Ref:  Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. KJV

     We have a lot of spiritual help in this life, even on a daily basis, that most people don’t even know exists.

     Isaiah 30:22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

     Father doesn’t mince words when He decides to drive a point home, as in menstruous cloth. And if the use of those words offends you then maybe you should take a good look at yourself because if you ever get too good for the words of Scripture, you might be in serious danger of having your knuckles rapped.

     If there was any one thing that really ticked our Father off it was worshipping something other than Him. What He’s telling these people here is to get rid of your idols.

     Most of these idols were carved out of wood or made of clay and COVERED with gold or silver and Father is saying to destroy that part of the idol as well.

     This relates directly to the women that sewed pillow cases that cover the saving hands of our Father:

     Ref:  Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

     Actually, they are sewing gloves, of a sort, that reach from the fingertips up to the armpits and coverings for the face. They are trying to obliterate our Father’s influence in our lives, they are refusing Him here just as they did in verse 16 of this book.

     Ref:  Ezekiel 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

     Ref:  Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV

     As I’ve said before…idols today can be anything that takes your focus off of our Father and puts it on the things of this world.

     Isaiah 30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.

     This is also a bad translation: rain of thy seed should be: rain for thy seed.

     Father blesses us when we follow His direction. The ground was usually tilled in October or November and the seeds planted soon thereafter. The rain that fell after planting is called the early rain or the former rain and the rain that fell just before harvest is called the latter rain.

     Spiritually, Father tells us that you can plant a seed of truth with someone and then just leave it alone. You have done your part. It’s up to that person and the Holy Spirit if things advance any further but the Holy Spirit will sprinkle that seed of truth with spiritual rain and it’s up to the person receiving that seed as to whether it will grow or not.

     We should not force the issue any further UNLESS the receiver of that seed wants additional information. And the Holy Spirit certainly will not force the issue or else risk intruding on our free will of choice.

     In that day refers to the beginning of the Millennium. That special time when the eyes and ears that were covered by our Father, for their protection during this lifetime, will be opened and they will be taught the truth without the interference from Satan.

     However, they will be tested and tempted at the end of those 1000 years for 5 months because no one gets a free ride into the eternity.

     Isaiah 30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

     Even the animals will be treated differently. Instead of eating the entire grain, the hull will be removed by willowing. How does that work, you might say?

     The grain is usually in a pile in the barn and someone takes a shovel and throws some of the grain up into the air. Others will be on one side with hand-held fans that they move vigorously up and down. Since the grain is heavier than the hull, the hull will be blown off to one side while the grain falls straight down and eventually the pile will consist only of grain, the hull being willowed out of the way.

     This word ear is an old Anglo-Saxon word that means to plow. It comes from the root word erian.

     Isaiah 30:25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

     There shall be water even on the high mountains. Blessings, blessings and more blessings from our Father.

     In the day of the great slaughter. This is in answer to verse 16 of this great book.

     The deception of these end times is overpowering. From something as small as TV commercials to false teachings of those called antichrist and we’re not talking about Satan/Antichrist here, we’re talking about antichrist’s of smaller stature:

      Ref: 1st John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. KJV

    Even now are there many antichrists. Those that teach using deception, falsehoods and traditions of the church. Let me ask you this: is your preacher an antichrist?

     Isaiah 30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

     Can you imagine what it was like in the first heaven/earth age, when there was no darkness, the sun shining day and night; the earth  fertile and undulating with lush green growth; the water on this earth suspended around the earth, acting like a protective barrier against the harmful rays of the sun.

     This clearly indicates that the spiritual body very closely resembles the flesh and blood body, in that the effects of the sun are felt on both.

     And, of course, the light of our Father, His shekinah glory, resounding throughout the world and space. What a time it’s going to be when we get to the Millennium and these flesh bodies are gone. How can anyone deliberately shun away from all of this? Doesn’t natural curiosity make you want to find out more about a place that you may or may not participate in? It's up to you whether you do or not.

     I guess not. The things of this world are present before them daily while their spiritual future is just some story made up by men.

     Isaiah 30:27 Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:

     What is the name of the Lord? We can get the answer to that, best, by reading what our Father said to Moses when he went to see Pharaoh to negotiate the release of the Hebrew children:

     Ref:  Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

     Ref:  Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. KJV

     Those beautiful words, in the Hebrew, are Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.

     Isaiah 30:28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.

     And his breath as used in the destruction of His enemies:

     Ref:  2nd Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: KJV

     That Wicked being Satan/Antichrist.

     Shall reach to the midst of the neck. Going for the jugular vein.

     To sift the nations with the sieve of vanity means a winnowing fan of destruction.

     And there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people. They’ll be captives of the Assyrians.

     Isaiah 30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.

     The future is going to be bright, with gladness of heart, with music playing, as when celebrating Passover..

     Isaiah 30:30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.

     Do you understand what the Father is doing here? He’s sifting, He’s separating the good from the bad, He’s winnowing His loyal ones from those that just never gave a rat’s behind about Him or all this religious crap. And it goes broadly to include nations.

     And He’s going to put the hammer down on many of them with His mouth, His words, His voice

     Isaiah 30:31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.

     Now, this must be taken in two ways: the captivity by the Assyrians was initiated by our Father, to punish His people, but He has limits as to how severe the punish will be and if the Assyrians exceed His limitations, they, in turn, will also receive the rod of correction.

     You must also remember that the Assyrian is another name for Satan/Antichrist and Christ will beat him down on the Lord’s Day when He returns. He will go down into the pit, the abyss.

     Isaiah 30:32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.

     When our Father fights and goes to war it doesn’t take long for it all to be over. The battles of Armageddon and Hamon-Gog won’t last five minutes.

     Satan/Antichrist is going to feel the wrath of our Father with the staff of doom, with drums sounding in the background.

     Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. KJV

     Tophet means a place of burning and it was situated in the southeast extremity of the Valley of Hinnom, the place where the  garbage of Jerusalem was put. Today we call it a landfill.  It was burning and smoldering day and night and Christ used this place as an example of how the soul would look when covered with sin.

     It was also used by Christ to demonstrate that there is no eternal burning place called hell. You either cleansed your soul through repentance or you walked that green mile to the Lake of Fire.

     If your pastor/preacher won’t tell you then I will: time is running out and time is necessary for you to be able to build a foundation based on the truth of our Father’s Word that will withstand the lies of Satan/Antichrist during his five-months of tribulation before the return of christ.

     You cannot just pick up the Bible and begin reading it a week before Satan is released from heaven by the archangel Michael and expect to go through his tribulation unscathed.

     The example of the ten virgins going to the marriage feast with our Lord is an excellent example. The oil for their lamps represents the truth and understanding that you have of the final events. Five of them had enough knowledge to make it through; the other five did not.

     You’ve still got time but it becomes shorter every day that goes by.

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